Opera Australia will continue its successful partnership with the NSW Government through Destination  NSW, announcing  that next year’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour will present one of the most  successful musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, The Phantom of the Opera. 

One of only a handful of new, first-class productions of Phantom to be created in its record-breaking 35- year history, the event will unite two of Australia’s most in-demand theatrical talents, director Simon Phillips  and designer Gabriela Tylesova. Together they will deliver a whole new level of spectacle with this  production designed specifically for OA’s famous over water stage on iconic Sydney Harbour. 

Director of the Handa Opera On The Harbour production of The Phantom of ther Opera

OA’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM is confident both productions are exactly what culture-starved  Australians will be looking for and will be big drawcards for the Company’s 2022 season.  

“These two events represent a tremendous opportunity for audiences to enjoy unique Sydney experiences.  We’ll be bringing together some of the finest singers, musicians and creatives in the world to present these  productions under the starry southern skies.  

“We wouldn’t be able to do these events without the support of the NSW Government through Destination  NSW, who share our vision for presenting outstanding productions in uniquely Sydney settings, and invite the world to come and enjoy them. 

“It’s a particular thrill to be creating a brand new outdoor production of the iconic The Phantom of the Opera.  It gives the whole company a great confidence boost knowing we’ve been entrusted to present this event  in line with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s incredibly high production values,” said Mr Terracini. 

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said events would play an  important role in the recovery and growth of the State’s visitor economy in 2022 and beyond.  

“It’s exciting to put Sydney in the spotlight once more and remind visitors about the unforgettable  experiences on offer exclusively in the Harbour City,” Mr Ayres said.  

“There’s no better way to do that than with two spectacular Opera Australia productions right on the water,  against the backdrop of the city, inviting people to spend an evening or more in Sydney.  

“These unique events are exactly what we need to support our goal to be the events capital of the Asia  Pacific and reinforce the commitment to showcase our strengths such as the city’s artistic, cultural and  natural assets.”


Carmen on Cockatoo Island will be an exciting new and innovative event that will capitalise on Sydney’s glorious weather and outdoor lifestyle when it premieres in November 2022.  

Guests can either book seats on the island and enjoy an array of dining and drinking options on offer or, in a  world first for opera, book a mooring for their own boat and watch the live performance projected onto a big  screen. 

If feeling adventurous, guests can also book one of the accommodation options on the island, and have an  opera sleepover. Choose from the waterfront campsite with existing tents or opt for a few more creature  comforts in one of the Heritage Holiday Houses or Harbour View Apartments. 

Director Liesel Badorrek will create this edgy, new production of Carmen for OA’s inaugural Opera on  Cockatoo Island season, bringing one of the world’s most popular operas, with some of the most recognisable  tunes, to the middle of Sydney Harbour.  

Joining Liesel will be choreographer Shann jjon Burns who earlier this year choreographed La Traviata on  Sydney Harbour while Mark Thompson will design the set and costumes, with lighting by renowned designer  John Rayment. Opera Australia’s accomplished Head of Music Tahu Matheson will conduct the Opera  Australia Orchestra.  

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and Opera on Cockatoo Island are supported by the NSW Government  via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. 

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, The Phantom of the Opera is supported by Dr Haruhisa Handa through  the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – The Phantom of the Opera: 25 March – 24 April 2022 Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney 

Carmen on Cockatoo Island: 25 November – 18 December 2022 Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour 

Ticket buyers wanting to secure tickets to Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour or Carmen on Cockatoo Island can join the waitlist until tickets go on sale to the public in November.  




John Owen-Jones as the Phantom, Katie Hall as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera – UK Tour. Photo : Michael Le Poer Trench

Opera Australia in association with The Really Useful Group, will present Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 2022. The much-anticipated production, originally scheduled for 2021, will now open at the Sydney Opera House in August 2022 and Arts Centre Melbourne in October 2022.

This exciting new production of The Phantom of the Opera broke box office history at the Opera House when tickets went on sale earlier this year. Existing ticket holders for this long-awaited production of one of the world’s most successful musicals will be able to transfer to the new performance dates next year.

The Company is  also delighted to confirm that Josh Piterman, Amy Manford and Blake Bowden will be playing the roles of the Phantom, Christine, and Raoul for the production’s Sydney and Melbourne seasons next year. 



Gavin Leahy and Tamesin Howard in Lloyd-Weber's classic
Gavin Leahy and Tamasin Howard in Lloyd-Weber’s classic

Proudly announcing the Sydney amateur premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA the Miranda Musical Society take up the challenge of this lavish musical. Can they pull it off? You bet your sweet opera glasses, which is what I needed up in the ‘Gods’  (dress circle, five rows from the back) at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre last night. My old acting teacher once said that amateur theatre companies were sometimes brilliant but professional companies had to sustain at least “very good” over a season. The challenge now for this talented group will be to live up to the high standard of opening night!

The singing was good and occasionally great from our leads, Tamasin Howard as Christine, Gavin Leahy as the Phantom, Jack Dawson as Vicomte Raoul, April Neho as Carlotta Guidicelli, Chiz Watson as Madame Giry, and Sarah Furnari as Meg Giry, and a host of enthusiastic supporting cast too numerous to list.

The thing with Lloyd Weber’s music is he loves to challenge his singers with a wide ranging score and unfortunately the lowest notes are often the hardest to produce. The ensemble were good, the corps de ballet also. The orchestra, strangely sequestered in the dress circle foyer were nevertheless excellent under the deft direction of Andy Peterson. The rest of the technical team from the two spotlight operators perched on platforms in the last row of the dress circle to the sizable backstage crew also deserve mention for keeping things running smoothly, apart from a brief pause before one of the scenes.

Of course, Col Peet’s masterful direction, reflecting more than 45 years of experience, and Andy Peterson’s musical direction, along with Jo Ansell’s choreography should not be underestimated.

Wonderful show. Worth a trip to Sutherland, especially if you’re a Phantom fan!

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by the Miranda Musical Society opened at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre  on Friday September 20 and runs until Sunday September 29, 2013.